Earth Week Day 1: 7 Tips For A Successful Zero Waste Journey

  Happy Earth Week!  “I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.” -Mother Teresa Earth Week Day One 7 Tips For A Successful Zero Waste Journey I want to start off Earth Week by focusing on the Zero Waste journey (surprise, surprise!). Here is a list of 7 tips I find useful for not only beginners, but anyone at any stage of the game! These tips are what help me continue my journey with a clear head and understanding of what I am doing and why! If you have any tips you would like to share, leave a comment below!   Understand What Zero Waste Is . This will build you a strong foundation for your journey! Clear up common Zero Waste Misconceptions . This helps me explain to others who are confused. Go at your own pace. The journey should not be […]

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Zero Waste Travel

Is it possible to Zero Waste travel? Well…yes and no. If you read this post, you will understand that Zero Waste does not literally mean zero waste. Currently, with the state of our economy (linear), it is impossible not to produce any amount of trash; waste happens, and always remember that it is okay. Transportation and the tourism industry are major contributors to pollution and climate change. Other than biking and walking, vehicle transportation methods generate large amounts of carbon emissions due to the burning of fossil fuels; air travel contributing the most to air pollution. The tourism industry generates an abundance of waste each year due to food, entertainment, accommodation, construction, etc. Fortunately, it is possible to lessen your trash output while wandering about. On the other hand, traveling and tourism will indeed generate waste. So, yes you can maintain your Zero Waste lifestyle and essentially “Zero Waste travel”, but to an extent. Moreover, you will most […]

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Landfills Are Not The Solution

Today I am shining light on the eye-opening documentary called Trashed. I will briefly discuss landfills and how they are not a solution to the “waste problem”. A Look Inside Landfills As our linear economy continues to feed us and overconsumption thrives with our false dependence and addiction to single-use and disposables, we are running into a major problem. That problem being where to put the excessive amount of waste we are generating. Currently, we dump the waste in landfills, but is this really a good solution? To an extent, consumers are at least aware of the amount of waste pollution out there. However, I feel that the mindset that we are taught to have is that waste is to be looked at as a “trash problem”, and consumers are “litterbugs” who are largely responsible for the amount of waste pollution. This mindset is a sneaky way for companies and manufacturers to point the blame. The reality is that we […]

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Virgin Plastic: Why New Is Not Better

Virgin Plastic and Why It Is a Problem Virgin plastic is brand new manufactured plastic. The problem with virgin plastic is that we already have way too much plastic produced. We also have no true recovery system for it. There is so much plastic in existence that we do not know where to even put it. You might be wondering, “What about recycling?” Click here to learn more about the myth of recycling! As much as I dislike plastic because of its harmful synthetic chemical composition and its dangerous effects on the environment and its inhabitants, I have to admit that the general idea of plastic is genius. The density, color, size, shape, quality, can all be determined by manufacturers. Plastic is durable and cheap to make. Astoundingly, plastic defeats us in the quest for eternal physical life on Earth. Plastic sounds like a magical solution, doesn’t it? Right now, can you imagine […]

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Misleading Product Labels

Misleading Product Labels We trust them implicitly yet they often mislead us. Thus creating a false sense of good deed for consumers! Here are two example of misleading product labels. Example # 1 First, take a look at the picture above. There is an exception to the “100% Recyclable” statement. The exception, as the tiny font disclaimer (that many people may not even notice) suggests, is that the cap and label itself are not recyclable. The product in its entirety is not 100% recyclable like the labels initially leads us to believe. Moreover, consumers need to throw away a portion of the bottle for the remaining portion to then be considered 100% recyclable. It may not seem like a big deal, but it is. This method of advertising misleads us. We see 100% and think, “Awesome! 100% is the best percentage! A+!” It creates a false sense of good deed for consumers; We are doing the environment justice by throwing away […]

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